At Issue: When Is Free Speech Hate Speech?, 1st Edition

  • Martin Gitlin
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  • ISBN-10: 1534500790
  • ISBN-13: 9781534500792
  • DDC: 323.44
  • Grade Level Range: 10th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 160 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Free speech is guaranteed under the First Amendment. Although it may hurt and offend, hate speech is still free, under most circumstances. But what happens when institutions like universities adopt policies prohibiting offensive speech? Do such policies cause more harm than good? Should measures be taken to curb threatening or insulting comments? Or does that amount to little more than censorship? Is our quest to be polite and politically correct curtailing opportunities to express, learn, and grow? When does free speech become criminally threatening? These questions and more are thoughtfully examined in this important resource.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Where Does Free Speech End and Hate Speech Begin?.
2: Hate Speech and Free Speech Are Not Relatives.
3: Harmless Hate? There's No Such Thing.
4: Hate Speech Is Risky Business.
5: Free Speech Seems to Be Selective.
6: Education Depends on Free Speech, Even Hate Speech.
7: Hate Speech Is Unfitting in a Democracy.
8: What If Hate Speech Were Criminalized?.
9: Regulating Hate Speech Is Not Productive.
10: It Can Be Difficult to Distinguish “Fighting Words”.
11: There Is No “Hate Speech” Exception to the First Amendment.
12: Hate Speech Is Harmful, but It Shouldn't Be Legislated.
13: Free Speech Is Essential on College Campuses.
14: In Defense of “Uncomfortable Learning”.
15: Censoring Hate Speech Makes Sense.
16: Hatred for Hate Speech Is Misplaced.
17: Let's Make the Punishment Fit the Crime.
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